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How Can Semis Become Safer?

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Allison & Ward

News of comedian Tracy Morgan’s horrific crash with an 18-wheeler has raised concerns of truck safety. Sadly, truck crashes have increased by 18 percent between 2009 and 2012. However, many companies are developing technology to help prevent truck accidents. How Much Do These Safety Technologies Cost? There are many proposals to mandate these safety technologies, but the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been slow to approve them. Dozens of these life-saving innovations would cost just $500 to $2,500 to install on a rig. Is Truck Driver Fatigue a Problem? In an interview with Businessweek, Rob Molloy, the deputy director of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said, “Over and over, we’re seeing drivers who aren’t fit to drive because they’re fatigued (and) involved in accidents.” Although there are safety technologies that help prevent fatigued driving, people believe the trucking industry will not adopt them until they are required…
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What Should an Employer Do After an Employee Is Injured?

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Allison & Ward

We have always stressed that it is the responsibility of employers to ensure the safety of their employees. When a worker is injured, an employer must follow certain reporting requirements. The steps an employer takes depends on whether it has workers’ compensation coverage or is a nonsubscriber. For employers that have workers’ compensation coverage, or are certified self-insurers, or part of a certified self-insurance group: The employer must file the Employer’s First Report of Injury or Illness (EFRII) with its insurance carrier. This paper must be filed within eight days of the employee’s injury or death. The employer must give the injured employee a copy of the EFRII and a copy of the Employee’s Rights and Responsibilities. For employers that are nonsubscribers: All employers in Texas are required to report any injuries or illnesses to the Department of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). Nonsubscribers must…
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Why Is October Important For Nursing Home Rights?

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Allison & Ward

According to the, for many years, October has been known as National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month. This month reminds us all of the importance of nursing home care. In 1987, congress passed the Nursing Home Reform Act (OBRA), which forever changed how nursing home residents are treated. How Did the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 Improve Nursing Home Care?    OBRA ensures two things for residents of a nursing home: Quality of care: the law requires nursing homes to provide services that help “maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident,” according to the Quality of life: nursing facilities must promote an environment that will improve a resident’s quality of life. Most importantly, OBRA grants residents individual rights. These rights include: The right to individualized care. The right to respect. The right to dignity. The right to visitation. The right to privacy. The…
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